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Youth Hockey Players Team Up for Soldiers Overseas

"I don't think they're too young to learn the idea of being involved in something for their community"

December 26, 2018 - 6:00 am
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St. Louis, MO (KMOX) - Some youth hockey players in the St. Louis region are working as a team to send care packages to soldiers overseas. 

"I don't think they're too young to learn the idea of being involved in something for their community," explains Kevin Whitworth, President of Winterland Ice Hockey and coach with St. Louis Rockets.  Teams who play for Coach Whitworth are expected to do a service project.  For the care packages, players use chore money to pay for shipping, write letters to service men and women, and pack donations they collect.  Then Whitworth uses maps to shows players where their boxes were shipped. 

The effort is coordinated through H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, a charity that focuses on helping families of men and women serving abroad.  This year the Rockets and Winterland teams will be joined in the effort by youth players from the Twin Bridges Lightning.

Whitworth says you can make monetary donations online at the link below or drop off items at the Brentwood, Webster Groves, Creve Couer or East Alton Ice Rinks. 

Care package items needed:

  • Chapstick
  • AA/AAA/9 volt batteries
  • Men's or Women's Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Permanent Markers
  • Hand Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Foot Powder
  • Baby Wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Beef Jerky/Beef Sticks
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Coffee (single serve packets)
  • Powdered Drink Mix (individual packets)
  • Hard Candies
  • Microwave Popcorn

For a complete list, go to the Winterland Ice Hockey website.